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expiration. buying small snacks helps, too. families should shop for enough fruits and veggies to last half the week. >> another key point is making sure your fridge stays 40 degrees or cooler inside. that way your produce will stay fresher. >> reporter: you can make things like processed meat last longer if you freeze it, but not everyone here is buying this advice. >> saving some money. we're college students. >> rather waste money than be dead or sick somewhere. >> two ways to look at that story. we are staying on top of two big stories tonight. laura evans is in for brian now on the news edge at 11:00. we begin tonight with a developing story in the atlantic. it is going to be a long night in parts of north carolina. winds and heavy rain blowing into the outer banks right now. the storm has weakened to a category 2 as it sideswipes the seaboard, but people all along the coast including virginia and maryland taking no chances tonight. we have team coverage on hurricane earl.
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we'll begin with sue palka in the weather center. sue? >> laura, no doubt about it, people up and down the coast will know earl paid a visit on this early labor day weekend, but it's not as bad as it could have been, earl weakened from a category 4 this morning down to its current category 2 with winds of 105 miles an hour. look at it on our satellite radar picture here. you can see the eye looks as though it's trying to fall apart. that eye will be replaced by a much larger eye which will have the effect of expanding the wind field but lightening that wind field somewhat. over to our system to see our tropical track here with our category 2 storm. most of the track keeps it off the coast, maybe nantucket, cape cod, martha's vineyard going to get brushed here. it will stay about 150 to 200 miles off our coast, but again they are going to feel it on the the outer banks, good tropical force conditions and maybe category 1 conditions at the outer banks. you can see the watches and
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warnings in effect in red. those are hurricane warnings. we have tropical storm warnings at our beaches. >> as you heard sue mention, north carolina's outer banks taking the brunt of hurricane earl, people there boarding up, many saying they plan to ride out the storm. parts of the coastline are under a mandatory evacuation tonight. most of the damage along the outer banks is expected to be from the wind and storm surge. ocean city also taking precautions tonight and will thomas is there to continue our team coverage. will. >> reporter: hey, laura, you can definitely feel the winds kicking up tonight, same story for the waves. we're told at the peak between 6 a.m. overnight and 1 p.m. we're talking about waves between 7 and 11 feet. so we're definitely going to see some waves out there, not much in the way of storm surge we're told. you know, despite this hurricane earl and all of the attention surrounding it, some tourists both young and old around going anywhere. they're sticking around and these girls have been by my side the last couple nights here. so we appreciate that. now the beach will remain open.
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city officials are confident tourists can go out on the sand. they just don't want them in the water. here's why. the waves are actually breaking right on shore and as they break and then head back out to sea and you're looking at video from earlier today that gives you a better perspective since it's so dark, they can create channels in the weak sand and that creates rip currents and that can really pull a swimmer right out. a total of 35 rescues in ocean city yesterday. you can walk along beach today to get your feet wet, but they really wanted you to stay out even after lifeguards go off duty at 5:30. >> most people aren't trained to spot rip currents ordaining russ situations like that. so it's not safe to -- or dangerous situations like that. souts not safe to go in the water any day whether it's may or june or whether there's a pending storm coming by. >> reporter: another look at the storm wall that goes up and down the ocean city boardwalk about 30 feet, 18 feet above sea level. tonight they closed these
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gates. so if you're a tourist and want to get down to the beach tomorrow and you're allowed, you've got to climb over these things. as far as the economy, i've been talking to officials all day. they say we're not worried. really the big thrust for the economy is saturday, sunday and monday, that big three-day weekend. they expect 250,000 people and they are confident they've got the weather to support them. >> all right. will thomas, thank you. our other big story tonight, the standoff at the discovery channel building and the investigation one day after. officers have now cleared the headquarters for any more explosives and today their focus was james lee's last known address. investigators spent hours today combing this wheaton home from attic to basement and their search turned up even more explosives. >> four additional devices of which we can tie the individual to right now were obtained from the residence and subsequently
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successfully detonated. >> also investigators believe lee had a vehicle, but so far they have not found it. meantime new information and insight are painting a picture of lee's personality. fox 5's bob barnard has more on that. >> you're recently evacuate the. please stay here for an announce -- evacuated. please stay here for an announcement. >> reporter: one day after the madness and his death we're learning that james lee was an angry loner with a long standing hatred for the discovery channel who was not afraid to kill his hostages. >> i'm sure it was terrifying for those three men that were there because they were listening to what he was saying and he made it very clear he was willing to kill himself and take them with him. >> reporter: home for lee was this house on kimberly street in wheaton. neighbors tell us he'd been renting a back room for the past several months. >> sort of unemotional, didn't seem like he wanted to interact much, very friendly
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neighborhood. people say hi, wave. just didn't seem to have that interest in socializing. >> i never saw him smile, always bitter, always serious looking. >> reporter: next-door neighbor onic mutafian said lee had a soft spot for squirrels, but even that caused trouble. >> from day one i had a bone to pick with him. i wanted him to stop feeding the squirrels so the rats won't -- it was a massive problem here for us. >> reporter: it appears james lee moved to maryland from california simply to channel his anger about the environment directly toward discovery. montgomery state's attorney john mccarthy. >> he paid homeless people to protest along with him. he would as an incentive if you yelled the loudest, he would give you a bonus of cash. >> reporter: mccarthy says what inspired lee to start tossing $20,000 in cash into the air in
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silver spring in february, 2008 was something police had just told him. >> he gave a homeless man $1,000 for writing an essay. other homeless men found out he pitalized him. robbed him and >> reporter: police hoped lee would react to the news by keeping his money to himself. for that episode captured on video he was charged with and convicted of disorderly conduct. in 2003 james lee was convicted of smuggling aliens into the u.s. that was a federal court case in california. by the way, his neighbors in wheaton say james lee always walked to and from his home. he did not drive, did not own a car as far as they knew. >> thank you. in his writings james lee claimed that his views on the environment were heavily influenced by the book my ishmael by philosopher daniel quinn and today quinn speaks out about the hostage situation saying he never met or spoke
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with james lee and said lee misinterpreted his book's message about food production and controlling population growth. quinn said if he had a chance to talk with lee, he would have told him lee was giving his ideas a bad story. a developing story out of the gulf of mexico tonight, but we aren't talking about the bp oil spill, details on another oil platform that exploded today. plus we hold restaurants to high standards when it comes to kitchen cleanliness. so how would yours hold up? the surprising survey. and has your money been mutilated? there's a local office that can help you recover your damaged dollars. we'll take you there at 11:15, but first a quick check of roushdown. the news edge at 11:00 coming right back. -- rundown. the news edge at 11:00 coming right back. stay with us. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. 
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rule the air. verizon. right now buy a blackberry smartphone and get a second one free. like the curve. only at verizon. there is no oil leaking from a drilling platform that erupted into flames in the gulf of mexico today.
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there were initial reports that a mile long oil sheen had spread from the platform, but now the coastguard commander says no spill has been found. the platform is owned by mariner energy. a representative says there was a fire, but it was relatively small and the wells had been shut down before the fire started. the platform's crew did make it safely off the rig. just how clean is your kitchen? the surprising results of a new study tonight. plus a travel alert. shawn yancy has your fox 5 top five. up first tonight how clean is your kitchen? no. 5, we hold restaurants to high standards when it comes to kitchen cleanliness. so how would yours hold up? a california study found only 61% of home kitchens would receive as and bs and at least 14% would fail. that said the results, though, are based on an internet quiz, not actual home inspections. still clean up. no. 4, facebook is adding a brand- new security feature. users will be now able to log out of their accounts remotely
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from another computer. the new option will be available over the next few weeks, but it will only be accessible on computers, not smartphones. no. 3, first movies, then tvs, now laptops going 3d. sony plans to debut its 3d laptop next spring. the laptops display 3d video and video games. sony also plans to launch its own 3d channel that will include natural history, children's programming and sony movies. no. 2, if you haven't done a whole lot of back to school shopping, you aren't alone. experts say americans are only spending when the item and the price are right, but slow sales now could lead to deep discounts for holiday shopping. no. 1 tonight, heads up for the holiday weekend. metro will close five redline stations for repairs. the stations include takoma park, silver spring, wheaton and glenmont closing friday at 10 a.m. and reopen tuesday at 5 a.m. that's a look at tonight's fox 5 top five. next mutilate money, think
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these greenbacks are rebeyond repair? think again. we'll go inside the local office where they're brought to life. breaking down the brawl, hear from the outfielder who charged the mound, plus the fallout now on the way. and the countdown is on. tomorrow morning d.c. mayor adrian fenty and vincent gray will square off live in our studios tomorrow on fox 5 morning news at fine 9 a.m. we are taking your -- at 9 a.m. we are taking your questions for the debate. go to and click on viewer questions in the hot topics bar. 
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 [trumpet playing "reveille" throughout] reviving the economy means reinventing the way we do business. here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] cash and a lot of it, only this money is mutilated.
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it's burned, shredded, nearly destroyed, but there is a special group of federal employees responsible for piecing it all back together. fox 5's beth parker shows us part of the treasury department we rarely ever see. >> reporter: this man is cutting up $100 bills. he's not made of money, but he does work where they make money. this is the bureau of engraving and printing's mutilated currency division. examiner sharon williams is opening a box of money burned in an armored truck fire. >> what i do is try to pull them out. >> reporter: people send their damaged money here in hopes of getting it replaced. this purse with hardened stacks of old money was sent in by an individual. >> when my grand mother passed away, he found it buried in the corner of the barn. >> reporter: sometimes it's accidentally shredded. looks like a puzzle. >> exactly, jigsaw all day. >> reporter: every day they roll in a cartful of new cases
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here at the mutilated currency division. most of it arrives through the u.s. postal service. in a typical year they'll return $25 million to individuals and businesses. >> we'll get the elderly woman that's so grateful for the service because she's on a limited income and that $20 note that she damaged means the world to her. so i think it's rewarding to be able to make someone whole in some sense. >> reporter: williams has been counting presidential portraits here for 20 years. >> we have a fun time. you kind of lose count. >> reporter: they may lose count of the days but never the money. lots of cash rolled in after hurricane katrina. >> sometimes we do get the original contents in the case. >> reporter: water and all. >> water and all, bugs and all. >> you never know what you're going to get. so every day is an adventure because it's almost like opening presents at christmas. >> reporter: they say far too many people try to dry money in the microwave. >> currency has metallic properties, so it does catch
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fire in the microwave. >> reporter: you've heard that old excuse the dog ate my homework. >> for some reason they like 20s and $100 bills. >> reporter: just like humans, they prefer the bigger bills. beth parker, fox 5 news. >> it just seems like such a waste. >> it really does. >> hopefully there won't be any waterlogged money after earl goes by. there's been plenty of attention to it. the worst of it is staying out at sea. the coast is definitely going to get brushed. >> and the weekend won't be a waste. >> at least it's moving fast. not only has it weakened tonight, it has begun to turn. it's moving more to the north, northeast now at about 18 miles per hour and it's still a category 2, an absolute force to be reckoned with, but we're lucky it's not closer to the coast. it will be offshore for most places, but outer banks gets a taste of hurricane force winds tonight and all along the north carolina coast, the virginia coast and up to maryland we'll have tropical storm conditions. that's for sure. want to show you the wind field with our hurricane earl because
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in the yellow here we have the tropical storm force conditions. this is late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. so you can see how the worst of the winds are off the coast. that is fantastic news. you'll definitely be feeling this, but it will move pretty quickly. it goes up the coast and this is where there's some concern and hurricane warnings in effect for the coast of massachusetts because they'll be closer to the center of the strongest winds, but the good news several will continue this weakening process and it will be running into cooler water. so this is the path it's going to take and that's really the biggest story. here comes the cool front, too. it's playing a big part in turning earl. we've got a huge area of high pressure off to sea. we also have fiona and it's a 2 now, not a 3. here it goes coming right up this kind of path that has been delineated in the atmosphere for it being pushed along by a cool front and the cooler air rushes in behind it, but that will be for us on saturday and i think it will feel fantastic. so wanted to talk about the beaches because tomorrow definitely not a great day, but if you're using this as a travel day or battening down
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the hatches, saturday and sunday back to sunshine, 84 degrees. notice it will be getting cooler, though, ocean city about 77 degrees, same for bethany. water will be possibly unsafe. rip currents don't disappear just after the hurricane goes by and we still have fiona out there, water temperatures in the mid-70s and pretty much the same deal for tomorrow. the coolest take will likely be sunday. we'll keep that going into what we believe will be a great labor day at the beaches for you. here comes hurricane earl. we hope at some point during the day tomorrow it will weaken out of hurricane status, but it may take until it gets all the way up to massachusetts for that to happen. most of the worst is offshore at 1:00 on friday and again battering the northeast coast, but we just have some clouds around here and a little bit of a breeze that we'll be dealing with. so your five-day forecast, we're in good shape. tomorrow 91 degrees, then cooler through the weekend eventually warming up as we start the first part of next week. that's it for weather. dave feldman is up next.
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good evening. i'm dave feldman. the redskins final tuneup is going on in the desert. right now the skins trail the cardinals 10-3 at the half, but is coming out -- is coming out with the skins listed 40-1 to win
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the super bowl. the over-under on game one is set at 7 1/2. i'll take oath and there's one dedicated to albert haynesworth, his game under or games played set at 13 1/2. tony romo sitting out the cowboys final preseason game. the announcers were yelling. backup stephen mcgee gets to start as qg against miami 2nd quarter play action. mcgee with the long ball and he hooks up with sam huard for the 43-yard touchdown. dallas wins 27-25, but it's preseason. that doesn't mean jack. raiders visiting the rams in the preseason. sam bradford hooking up with tight end billy bajema for the score, bradford 6-6, 58 yards. 2nd quarter ravens down 14-0. there's an interception but allebee a showoff. then he hesitates at the goal line.
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that's going to get you some issues with john harbaugh who lets him know. son, let me explain a couple things to you. you want to wear the purple? you don't showcase like that. anyway ravens lose 27-21. nyjer morgan on a heck of a run, last week suspended seven days for hitting a fan with a ball in philly. he's appealing that. saturday he was dropped to eighth in the lineup and ran into cardinals catcher brian anderson own though there was not a throw home. he missed home plate, was called out for contact and separated anderson's shoulder. tuesday night more drama, morgan would bail over another catcher with the marlins also separating his shoulder, two shoulders, four days. that brings us to last night. marlins retaliate in the 4th. morgan plunged the by chris volstad. he would steal two bases after getting hit further angering the marlins. we go to the 6th and volstad throws behind morgan and this time he charges the mound, punches volstad, gets clotheslined by gabby sanchez
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and the benches clear escalation. both morgan and volstad would be ejected but major league baseball is reviewing the brawl and has not handed out suspensions yet. likely they'll come tomorrow. morgan says he expected the initial retaliation but was not happy with the subsequent beating. >> that's just going out there to play the game and i guess, you know, they took it the wrong way, but they hit me the first time, so be it, but he hit two other of our guys, all right, cool, but then he whips another one behind me. we got to go. i'm just sticking up for myself and defending my teammates and going out there and doing what i have to do. >> the orioles facing the red sox, 2nd inning big poppy david ortiz adds two more to single to left. 5-0 boston. the red sox go on to win 6-4. day 4 of the u.s. open, five time u.s. champ and second seed roger federer in action
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against andres beck of germany. federer serving in the far court never really had issues. he would win in straight sets. he's now won 42 of his past 43 matches at flushing meadows, the only loss coming in last year's final. i'm dave feldman, laura back to wrap up the edge right after this. have a good night. 
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no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses
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